Health Report: Jul. 19, 1993

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Although children who suffer convulsions triggered by fevers have commonly been treated with phenobarbitol, there are concerns about both its efficacy and its side effects. The new and superior replacement is Valium. A six-year study shows that it is safe and effective -- and it also reduces the risk of seizures recurring.

Pregnant women infected with the AIDS virus often pass it along to their offspring. One way to cut the risk of transmission is to deliver by caesarean section. Only 14% of babies delivered surgically are infected, vs. 20% born vaginally, researchers report. Studies suggest one way...

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